R.A. Dickey has been the best comeback story throughout the Majors this season, but unless he wins the pitching triple crown, Dickey won’t win the Cy Young.
His knuckleball dances around the plate baffling hitters both left and right. Dickey was the feel good story of the first half and had Mets fans thinking Cy Young for the first time since Dwight Gooden won the award in 1985.
Early on in the season, Dickey was the sole leader in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched but has since then fell down to earth. His fifteen wins are the most in the majors, his ERA (2.72) is fourth in the Majors and his strikeouts (166) are tied for first in the National League with Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
By leading the Majors in wins and ERA it’s tough to not give the Cy Young award to Dickey, however his unconventional style may be a turn off for the voters. A knuckleball pitcher has never won the Cy Young before in the awards history. Another deterrent for Dickey may be the team that he plays on, call it a New York bias or not, the New York Mets will not make the post season.
Last year’s winner (Clayton Kershaw) won the Cy Young for an awful Los Angeles Dodgers team but did win the triple crown, just edging out division winner Ian Kennedy who was tied with Kershaw for the national league lead in wins.
Being part of a winning team shouldn’t determine who wins these awards but it certainly does lay an impact on the eventual winner. Last year, on the same team, Matt Kemp was robbed of MVP honors, the award went to Ryan Braun who’s late surge propelled his team to the post season despite being behind Matt Kemp in home runs and rbi and Jose Reyes in batting average.
With two strikes against him, Dickey will need to prove that he is the real Cy Young by leading in every statistical category, should Dickey be the second pitcher in a row to win the triple crown (Wins, ERA, and Strikeouts) will win the Cy Young, if not, it’s anybody’s game.